The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby is a unique test of horse and rider in the showjumping arena. Combining traditional showjumps with the challenges of Hickstead’s ‘natural’ obstacles, it takes a very special partnership to win this class.
The iconic Hickstead Derby Bank is one of the biggest challenges on the course and while some partnerships can make it look (fairly) easy, others get to the top of the 10ft 6in descent and appear unsure how to tackle it.
“Forget about the 28 fences that Grand National runners have to leap over at Aintree, these are child’s play when compared to Hickstead’s monsters!” Clare Balding once said about the Derby course.
Over the years horses have jumped straight off the top, refused to descend or even gone down backwards. So here are a selection of less-than-copybook attempts from the Horse & Hound picture archives.
1990: Greg Mangan and Lahorna Queen
1992: Tina Fletcher
2002: Jans Fredricson and Greve Molke
2003: Scott Smith and Amandaleah
2006: Carlos Mota Ribas and Rebbel
2012: Guy Williams and Richi Rich III
2012: Ben Maher and Air Force HH
2013: Charles Luyckx and Lightning 67
2014: Wendy Schaeffer AUS riding Koyuna Sun Set
1976: Axel Wockener riding Glasgow
Keep in touch with all the action during the show on HorseandHound.co.uk and don’t miss the full Hickstead Derby Meeting report in the 27 June issue of Horse & Hound magazine